EMQ’s with VIRTUE IN VAIN

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EMQ’s with VIRTUE IN VAIN

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Cardiff, Wales based Progressive Metalcore band Virtue In Vain. Huge thanks to their vocalist, Hywel, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hey everyone, I’m Hywel. I am the vocalist of Virtue In Vain. We are from Cardiff and London, have toured around the UK a number of times, and released 2 Eps as well as our latest single ‘The Whispers Of Sleep’.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted the band name Virtue In Vain to represent something we relate to. In essence the idea of anti-idolism. The name portrays the idea that you shouldn’t have to look up or follow the same path as someone or something just because it has been portrayed as successful. That just because you take the path less travelled, it doesn’t make your view any less valid, we are all different and wealth and success has no bearing on character.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest release is our single ‘The Whispers Of Sleep’.
Our Last EP was called “Dusk//Dawn”

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me it would be Make Them Suffer, The Devil Wears Prada, Architects, Napoleon, For the Fallen Dreams, Crystal Lake & Currents, along with many other bands we have played with over the many years.

What first got you into music?

Good question. Music in general was my parents. We always had music around the house. For Metal it went from listening to stuff like Green Day and Blink 182 and slowly progressed into liking Metalcore and all the bands I now love.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

The Devil Wears Prada. They are my favourite band and I think our style and their evolving sound would make a really interesting session merging ideas.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Currently Download, in the past it was Warped Tour. Download is the pinnacle of metal festivals and to have the honour of playing on that stage would be amazing.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We haven’t had too many odd gifts from fans. I think someone gave us some lollies which were pretty nice after the show.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you all so much for the support and feedback over the years. You have been so good to us, and we hope to keep doing the best we can to get music out.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Freddie Mercury. That man just had a beautiful voice, and I would have loved to see what he would be making today.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love the creativity of it. I love taking a simple idea and seeing it turn into a piece of music with a story, ups and downs, and wrapped in emotion.

I don’t hate much, probably the writers’ block. It’s frustrating when you have an idea, and you don’t know how to convey it or write it down.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Probably the finances of it all. Both paying musicians and artists fairly, and supporting small music venues putting on new bands to keep the music scene alive.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“With Roots Above And Branches Below” by The Devil Wears Prada.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

It depends on how you like to consume music. I like listening to my music digitally due to the ease of access, however I collect Vinyl and CDs as I love the artwork and like to support artists.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

It was when we played with Ice Nine Kills & Shields. It was the first show we played with our current line up, and for me it was when the band felt really complete. It was a pleasure to share the stage with such accomplished bands and was something I won’t forget.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Probably Artist Management, I enjoy helping bands in any way I can.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Honestly, it would be my family and this band. Be a lovely evening.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently writing for our next EP. We also have some plans in the works to tour later this year and early 2023 so keep checking out our socials for updates.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

All of our socials are up to date, check them out below:
Facebook::https://www.facebook.com/VirtueInVain
Instagram::https://www.instagram.com/virtueinvain
Twitter:: https://twitter.com/virtueinvain
YouTube:: https://www.youtube.com/c/Virtueinvain
Website:: www.virtueinvain.co.uk
Music:: https://streamlink.to/VirtueInVain
Video link:: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yjOgwLq2aQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you so much for your time today interviewing us, and thank you everyone for reading. We have plenty to announce coming soon, so stay tuned to our socials for news!

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EMQ’s with INTO THE UNKNOWN

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EMQ’s with INTO THE UNKNOWN

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with UK Symphonic Rock band, Into The unknown. Huge thanks to their bassist, Rupert, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Rupert, I play Bass (but I also produce the recordings), and the band is Into The Unknown.  It all started long ago (well 2017 ish), when I was doing a session with a guitarist called Ryan for someone else’s project.  We vaguely knew each other as he played in a friends band (that’s how he landed the session) but we hit it off during the recording, so I suggested that we recorded a song that I always fancied doing … he suggested Lucie for vocals, who was in his band at the time, and the recording was good fun … so we did some more, and before we knew it we were writing and recording, and had nearly enough for an album.  That resulted in the album “Out of the Shadows”, which we later followed up with a mini album called “The Other Side of the Wall” and our second full album “Breaking the Silence”, all recorded with just the three of us.  We decided to expand the line up to enable us to do some full live shows, so first we recruited James as rhythm guitar, then Paul, (keys) and Richard (drums).  Then the pandemic hit!  Unfortunately, Lucie had to return to her native Czech Republic, so left the band, and after a long period of auditions, we recruited Natalie as our new vocalist, and released the single ‘Into The Unknown’.

How did you come up with your band name?

Basically, it came about as we just didn’t know what we were going to do, no definitive plans moving forward, and originally no intention to form a band …. So, it felt apt that we were going into the unknown.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from the UK, based in the South East, but actually quite spread out, none of us live particularly close to each other … Watford, Milton Keynes, Reading etc.  So, we can’t really talk about a local scene really!  The studio is based in south bucks, near to London, so the actual local scene here is definitely not a Metal one!  The UK has a history of some great Rock and Metal bands, but it does seem to be getting harder to gig, especially since the whole Brexit thing.  We find that most of our audience is international, and in some surprising areas, such as Indonesia and Mexico!  Other than that, we have a lot of fans in the USA, Germany etc.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest release was a single.  A few years ago we recorded a heavy version of “I Wanna Be Like You” from the Jungle book, so when Disney released “Into The Unknown” as the big song on Frozen 2, we took it as a challenge.  It serves as a great intro to Natalie, and she did us proud on the recording.

Who have been your greatest influences?

So, so many, and varied.  Each band member has a different set of influences and background, which we hope comes across in the music.  For example, I’m a fan of Symphonic Rock and Classic Rock, Ryan is a fan of ACDC/Slash etc, James is into Death Metal, GWAR, Lordi, Paul is more Melodic, into the Bon Jovi, Meatloaf, Bruce Hornsby styles, but Natalie isn’t a Rock singer, her background is in Pop/Jazz and musicals.
That said, due to the fact that we are described as a Symphonic Rock band, probably the greatest influences on the band as a whole must be Nightwish, Within Temptation, ACDC and Slash.

What first got you into music?

I was a late starter, I didn’t have a musical upbringing, didn’t even have a radio until I was 14 or 15.  But I did live near Ian Mosley from Marillion, and I have to say he was probably the biggest influence on me to get into music.  Many times, I would sit in his front room listening to the pre-release recordings of Marillion.  So, it’s his fault lol.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Personally, I would love to work with Nightwish or Within Temptation. 

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Sweden Rock without doubt.  I’ve worked it a number of times as a sound engineer with various bands, and absolutely love it.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

To be honest, I can’t recall ever getting anything weird from a fan. 

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you!  We do this because we enjoy it, there’s no ulterior motive, we don’t write what we think people want to hear, we write what we want to hear.  When we hear that other people like it, we are happy, and when we hear that our music affects anyone in any way, it humbles us.  So that’s our message: Thank you for supporting us.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Very selfishly, it has to be Jan Kuehnemund from Vixen.  I worked with her for many years, and we were close friends.  She was taken way to early.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love the feeling of playing through a song, when everyone is feeling it, and the roof of the room you’re in feels like its lifting!  What I hate?  Probably the travelling (not the places you go to, but the physical act of having to get there, whether it’s in a tour bus, aeroplane, or back of a transit!) … or the frustration of wanting to have finished and release a recording but knowing that you need to coordinate the release to do it properly and give it the best chance.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

At the moment, the various European touring restrictions imposed by the UK government due to Brexit.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Possibly “Fugazi” by Marillion

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

From the point of view of running a studio, I would say CD … I still put everything on a CD and then can play high quality in the car, at home etc.  I still have CD walkmans!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

The band haven’t done many gigs, although we did do a great gig in front of 2000 people, but it was November, it was outside and was freezing, so not the best gig.  Personally though, I did a gig as a sound engineer, with Vixen, at Sweden Rock, which was amazing. The crowd was huge, and very appreciative, they continued to chant for Vixen after the end of the show for a good 5 – 10 minutes.  I was honoured to then be able to reproduce that gig as a live album for them (Vixen – Live in Sweden)

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Not sure, probably would have carried on and become a lawyer!  I did work for record companies for a long time though, so more likely that I would have continued doing that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Do you mean alive or dead?

If I can include dead people, then it has to include Lemmy … I had some great in-depth conversations with him over the years.  Ronnie James Dio, Elton John, Chris Hemsworth, & Dwayne Johnson (as the latter seem to be really nice people)

What’s next for the band?

We are currently writing and recording the new album, it’s getting there, we have the basic structure of it, and we think its sounding strong.  We were hoping to get it out in the latter part of this year, but in honesty it’s looking more like earlier 2023, we decided we don’t want to rush the end of it, and to let it develop the way it should.  In the meantime, we may put out a part 2 to “The Other Side of the Wall”, our interpretation of some covers. 
We are also rehearsing the band to take it live, and have been discussing some possible festivals (for next year) and some support shows.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClXxDhKyf4YPRqR6hHZIFqw
Website: https://intotheunknown.uk
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZOHWZu5jFWeBwINJAEJKN
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ITUUKVigilante
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/into_the_unknown_band/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely a cake!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Please check out our first two albums, “Out of the Shadows” and “Breaking the Silence”.  Hopefully we will bring you album 3 very soon!

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EMQ’s With MOONSHADE

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EMQ’s With MOONSHADE

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Portuguese Melodic Extreme Metal band, Moonshade. Huge thanks to their vocalist, Ricardo Pereira, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

I’m Ricardo Pereira, lead singer of Moonshade – no clever puns to offer like ‘lead screamer’ or ‘lead sinner’, I’m afraid. This project began back in 2011, and since then we have released a demo called “The Path Of Redemption”, the “Dream | Oblivion” EP, our debut album “Sun Dethroned”, and a live session EP with songs from “Sun Dethroned”, titled “The Eventide Sessions”, released during COVID-19 season. We are now about to release our second full-length album, “As We Set The Skies Ablaze”.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name already existed when I auditioned. It’s a double entendre, meaning either a spectre in the moonlight, or the ‘shade’ provide by the moon during an eclipse. I gather it was also an homage to Moonspell, but don’t quote me on that.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Moonshade hail from Portugal. We do have a very healthy amount of festivals and large touring bands often play here regularly, but in terms of Portuguese bands, the scene here, with less than a handful of exceptions, is essentially underground. It’s been better, COVID-19 hit us hard, but I prefer seeing that as an opportunity, and tons of bands did – small shows are popping up everywhere, and summer festivals are back. Feels almost normal again!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest releases were the singles ‘Epitaph’, ‘Blood Of The Titans’ and ‘Everlasting Horizons’, taken from our upcoming album “As We Set The Skies Ablaze”, to be released independently on July 22nd.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’m getting old, so influences are starting to pile up like crazy. However, I hold a special place in my heart for Rammstein and Metallica, who got me into Heavy Metal. I also draw a bunch of inspiration from the punk and hip hop scenes.

What first got you into music?

A couple of friends decided to take guitar lessons, which was great to pick up chicks, and I did it mostly to try and fit in. I was already into Rock, Punk and Metal, but actually participating, making music? It suddenly made sense. Ditched the lessons because I’m really not a Goo Goo Dolls type of guy, joined a Rock band where a friend taught me how to play the electric guitar, we played a few covers – Metallica, Green Day, Sum 41, etc. – and there it was.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Tosin Abasi from Animals as Leaders!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Hellfest or Wacken. Those are the big leagues, after all.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Their undivided attention. That’s worth more than gold nowadays.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Get drunk on art and happiness.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Freddie Mercury. The best part is he’d owe me one, that would be one hell of a feature.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Being able to create something that makes you proud and gives others joy. What I hate about it is absolutely nothing.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

How perishable everything is now. An album lasts for months before being mostly forgotten. It would be great if people took the time to actually listen.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Rammstein’s “Mutter”. It was my first album ever, my mother bought it for me.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Mostly whatever suits your fancy. You should know vinyl pays best for the band, followed by CDs and cassettes, then streaming. Don’t download music.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Definitely Vagos Open Air Festival, opening for Amorphis and Within Temptation back in 2015.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’m already a biologist, so I guess I would focus on that. Writing novels would also be an option!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s easy – my bandmates, and my wife Sofia, who happens to be our media manager. 

What’s next for the band?

Releasing our album and taking it to the grand stage!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Everything about us can be found at our website on https://www.moonshadeofficial.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re a lie!!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you so much for having me and to everyone reading this, follow Moonshade on social media and on your streaming platform of choice, we have tons of news coming your way. Join us. You are expected!

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EMQs with GOLDSMITH

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EMQs with GOLDSMITH

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with German Classic Rock/Thrash band, Goldsmith. Huge thanks to guitarist, vocalist, and band founder, Michael Goldsmith, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Michael Goldsmith, I play guitar and sing. I guess you can say the band is my. I founded the Band around 2012. We are based in southern Germany and released 3 albums so far (“Shut Up & Rock” 2013 , “Fire!” 2016 and “Of Sound And Fury” 2022). The first 2 albums contain slower and more Bluesy songs compared to the new album. From 2005 to 2015 I toured a lot with blues guitarist Bernard Allison, so I was surrounded by a lot of blues during that period. You can hear these influences on the first 2 albums. I changed the line-up while writing the songs for the new album since I knew it was gonna be a lot heavier and faster.

Our new album was recorded by Christoph Brandes at the Iguana Studios in Germany. We’re happy to announce that the new album is going to be released through MDD-Records, which is a big step forward for us. As I said, the new material is a lot heavier and faster than what we did before. I would say it is a mixture between Rock / Metal and a very little bit of blues.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name is the English way to say my surname (in German: Goldschmidt)

I thought about giving this band a ‘real’ name but just couldn’t find anything cool. So I kept the name Goldsmith. Now I like it because it has metal in it.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Germany. The Rock/Metal scene is pretty big here, at least it was before Covid 19. It’s recovering from the lockdowns right now. The Metal and Rock fans are very loyal and supported the bands during that tough times, that’s what I like about that scene. I think there will always be a Metal and Rock scene. I was at a Metal Festival last week and the people there looked like they came straight out of 1986 with all the patches and stickers on their jackets. I think this never gonna change.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We are going to release a new album on June 24th. It’s called “Of Sound And Fury”. There will be also a new Video of the Song The Parade Of Euphoria‘ soon.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I grew up in the 80s and 90s listening to Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer…etc. So I would say back then my influences were Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, Jeff Hannemann, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, to name a few. After school I studied Jazz Music and a whole new world open up for me. I discovered Wes Montgomery, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Benson and a lot more. Then I played for 10 years in an American bluesband (The Bernard Allison-Group) and after that I got hired by a symphonic orchestra. I met so many great musicians during that time. They all influenced me.

What first got you into music?

My parents sent me to Music school to learn the accordion when I was 6. I thought it was cool to learn the accordion because my siblings played it, too. When I was 12, I switched to the guitar and found my first band. We covered three-chord-punk songs, because that’s all we could play on our instruments back then. We got better and better and changed our style more into Heavy Metal music. Some of my first records were Scorpions “Love At First Sting” and Iron Maiden’s “Piece Of Mind”. That’s what brought me to heavy music. A couple years later I was listening to Slayer, Entombed, Death…

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

I’d like to meet Matt Bellamy of Muse. I admire his pioneering spirit when it comes to guitar sounds and the way he transformed Rock music and made it fit into the new century.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I’d like to play Wacken Open Air in Germany. I’ve never been there so far, but from what I‘ve heard I think it’s one of the greatest Metal Festivals on this planet.

Whats the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A big bucket filled with little bottles of Jägermeister and ice. It’s actually not so weird but he put it right on the stage next to me and we, the band, started to empty the bottles immediately. We were all pretty hammered after a bit.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

I’d like you to check out our new Album “Of Sound And Fury”. It’s Rockish, Thrashy and a little bit Bluesy. Thank you for supporting us and our music. We love you all!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Randy Rhoads

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy the creativity that comes with it. That’s a way for me to express my feelings. I’m not the best talker, I speak through music. And also I like the fact that I don’t have a boss, I can do whatever I like 24/7. I don’t really hate anything about being a musician. It’s definitively money-wise not as solid as working in a factory or an office, but money never played a big role in my life.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I can’t complain. I’m a self-employed musicians for almost 25 years now and I still have a house, a car and a filled refrigerator. There’s a lot of talking in the music industry, and a lot of showing-off, but I don’t care about that. For me music comes first. I also teach music and do studio jobs for guitar manufactures, so there’s always money coming from somewhere. I can’t imagine doing something different than being a musician.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”

Whats best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

I’d say Vinyl. I like the warmer sound and the fact that it’s harder to skip songs. Once a album is put on you gotta listen to it from beginning to end. It has the highest value for me, especially when it also has a decent cover painting. Since the age of downloads and streaming began everybody thinks music is for free and that’s the way it’s treated. It’s nearly impossible for smaller bands to make any money. The side-effect is that bands now make their money on the road, so the quality of the live shows is rising. That’s not too bad.

Whats the best gig that you have played to date?

2008 I played the Long Island Blues Festival in New York with the Bernard Allison Group. There‘d gotta be about 15,000 people in the audience. That was pretty intense.

If you werent a musician, what else would you be doing?

I’d say a teacher.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Vince Neil, Ozzy Osbourne, Nikky Sixx, Dave Mustaine and Steven Adler. I guess that’s gonna be funny.

Whats next for the band?

We just shot a video in France and are gonna release it pretty soon. We are also working on getting a live set together for some shows in autumn 2022.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.goldsmithrocks.com
https://www.facebook.com/Goldsmith.rock
https://www.facebook.com/goldsmithrocks
https://www.instagram.com/goldsmithrocks/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIvNxNOqCDrGRNz_ZYZzPCg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’d say a cake. In Germany a biscuit is pretty solid.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you, too. Please check out our new album “Of Sound And Fury” which will be released on June 24th.

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EMQ’s with L.A. PROJECT

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EMQ’s with L.A. Project

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Portuguese Heavy Rock project, L.A. Project. Huge thanks to main man Luis Amaro for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hello, my name is Luis Amaro and I’m the guitar player and bass player of this project. This is a studio music project. This started with the covid 19 lock down. At first, I thought of doing a project like Joe Satriani style only instrumental, but as I worked on the songs, I felt it needed voice, so I invited 3 different singers because the songs are different in the way I see. them The EP “5 Dimensions” has 5 tracks – 3 are songs and 2 are instrumental. I also invited 2 different drummers to bring a new spirit on the tracks.

How did you come up with your band name?

L. A. PROJECT is just myself – L.A is my initials, all music and art concepts are made by me.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Portugal, and there are a few good Thrash Metal bands, and some bands that try to make music like the most popular Portuguese band, Moonspell. But if you look at Hard Rock or Heavy Rock, there are just 1 or 2, and it’s not easy to start a Rock band in Portugal. Covers bands are very popular, so sometimes is easier to go with the cover band.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

In February we released an EP with 5 tracks and 5 videos.

Who have been your greatest influences?

My influences are mainly late 80s music. Van Halen, Dokken, Mr. Big, Journey.

What first got you into music?

I studied classical guitar and double bass, and when I was younger I started a band just for fun with my friends. And now I try to put into my music all the things I like when I’m listening to music. This is my music.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Doug Aldrich

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Hellfest, because they have always the best bands and new projects that are just starting out.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A cup of coffee!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Stay tuned because this summer will be hot.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Andre Matos, the singer of Angra

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy the pleasure and the energy of playing and making a song. I hate when some people don’t even want to give me 1 minutes of attention.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Digital platforms! People should buy more CDs.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica “Ride the Lightning”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

CDs!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I was in a Thrash Metal band call Exiled, and we played with Disaffected and Sadist. The place was crowded and a lot of moshing it up was happening.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Working with honey bees

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I think I’d invite Alex Skolnick, Lukky Spark, Doug Aldrich, Nuno Bettencourt and Zach Wylde.

What’s next for the band?

This summer a new single is coming out, with a new line-up.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laprojectpt

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

For me is a biscuit!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for this opportunity and don’t forget L. A. PROJECT

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EMQ’s with KOLLAPS

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EMQ’s with KOLLAPS

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Australian Post-Industrial project, Kollaps. Huge thanks to main main Wade Black for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Wade Black. I write the songs in Kollaps and play various instruments, so I would presume that most would recognise my position in the band of that as a “producer”. 

The band has a rich history of touring and things spiralling out of control regularly yet somehow it perseveres, and I hope that this is the dismay of money. I would be quite disappointed of the band was viewed as anything other than a plague, or a blight.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, I had very little time to come up with something that had any true meaning and so I decided on the name “Kollaps”, which as you may know is a very revered record by the pioneering Industrial band Einsturzende Neubauten. For many years I considered this a mistake as by my own hand I had unwittingly placed myself in the shadow of giants however in recent times I feel like the band has grown into the name and we’ve become so distinct with our own sound and message that it does not bother me so much. I also feel that Industrial music has some kind of duty to speak about society, the ever disintegrating world around us and personal turmoil, and this kind of very real world, dark subject matter and so the word “Kollaps”, or “collapse” in English poses various questions and suggests a state of being or set of circumstances that I find to be quite succinct and accurate about my personal worldview. So now I’ve become quite fond of the name once again.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I am from Australia, and I now live in Italy. I hate the majority of metal and rock music so I would have absolutely no idea, I’m afraid. I live in the forest in a town in Switzerland called Lugano and mostly I do my best to ignore people until it is time for me to me to be shipped around in a van on tour.

What is your latest release?

Our latest release will be out on June 24 via Cold Spring Records. It is called “Until The Day I Die”. Kollaps is also releasing a self-produced video called “I Believe In The Closed Fist”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences are non-musical. I take great influence from the world around me, conversations, history, my emotions. Ideas and impressions of the world bleed and seeps into the music.

What first got you into music?

When I realised the profound effect that it has had on me and others; I began to value it as a very powerful medium of expression. As a listener and consumer of music I have to say I do not have many interesting stories to tell you about that.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Rectal Hygienics or DUMA.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Roskilde Festival. Because we are playing there, and it will be hideous. 

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I received a beautiful and unexpected gift from a Japanese fan who flew all the way to Copenhagen to see Kollaps. It was drawings of myself and the band. I was very moved and taken back by this.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Do not listen to your friends and family.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Oh, surely we could use the power of resurrection on someone more interesting? But under the circumstances that it had to be a rock star, I would evoke this divine incantation on Jim Morrison.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

The freedom to my ideas as I wish and to talk about the world strictly as I see it means a lot to me and is something that I appreciate greatly about the path that I have chosen. In saying that, being a musician often puts me in contact with human beings and I find this probably to be the most negative aspect as I often find myself quite over socialised.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I actually love that the music industry is completely insane and dysfunctional and toxic. I would probably make it worse if I could by taking more money off musicians and donating it to Spotify. 

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Even The Flies Won’t Touch You” by Rectal Hygienics

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

I like vinyl because I’m a c**t and a hipster.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I love performing at Wroclaw Industrial Festival in 2018 but I would say also that Roadburn Festival in 2022 was also a wonderful experience.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Well it is fortunate that I enjoy being a musician as I feel, and I often tell people, that I had no other choice in the matter and so truly I do not think there is another universe where my life had the potential to turn out in a different way.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

No one famous or of culturally historical significance. 

What’s next for the band?

Our new album “Until The Day I Die” will be released via Cold Spring on June 24.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.facebook.com/kollapsmusic
www.instagram.com/kollapsmusic

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no fucking idea what that is!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for taking the time.

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EMQ’s With THE CASSINI PROJEKT

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EMQ’s With THE CASSINI PROJEKT

Hi everyone. Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Irish Progressive Metal solo project, The Cassini Projekt. Huge thanks to main man Alex McDonnell for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Alex McDonnell and I play guitar, bass and keyboards. I created my band originally to put out guitar solo oriented Prog Rock. I was getting fed up with setting up bands only for people not to show up or leave because they weren’t ready to put in the commitment it takes to regularly rehearse and perform. I thought, why let people who aren’t that interested in music hold me back, so became my own band, a veritable, one-man Prog-Metal solo project. Seeing others out there like Steve Wilson or Devin Townsend showed it was possible.

My vision for the band was variegated: I wanted to react against the media status quo which praised the Post-Punk revival, but had a somewhat dismissive view of guitar solo oriented Rock and Prog; at the same time, I also wanted to write music without rules concerning structure, fitting into one style or conforming to audience expectations. The whole point was, and continues to be, to defy those expectations. So, I cross any genre which takes my fancy, even though I’m mostly closely aligned with Prog and Metal. I could have a Dance track, an Industrial song or an acoustic ballad, I can do whatever I want.  It’s a conduit for a vision, I guess you could say inviting a world steeped in science fiction, esoterica, HP Lovecraft, guitar solos, Prog and Medieval fantasy into the “real” world. I think this is one of the transcendent aspects of art in that it can be used to summon an alternative reality into this one. You get the experience of that and expand your horizons. The Beatles did it with their rooftop gig for example. When you go to a gig, you’re entering an art installation of sorts – an experience that offers an alternative reality for a brief time; that’s the magic of music.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was a circuitous route to come up with the name. I’m quite interested in space exploration, so I thought, why not name my band The Cassini Projekt because the Cassini Huygens probe was launched around the same time to explore Saturn and its moons. Incidentally, Saturn is my favourite planet with its rings and plethora of orbiting satellites, which are diverse and hold many as yet unknown secrets, like Enceladus and Titan. The Sega Saturn is also my favourite games console and feels twinned to my life in that it’s a chaotic and odd mish mash of engineering, similar to my brain. It would also sometimes surprise and subvert underestimations when it would exceed its limitations and featured games at the height of Sega’s creativity, yet it was also doomed, just like me! This was the tripartite conjunction which made the ‘The Cassini’ namesake meaningful. I spelled “Projekt” with a “k” because it looks cool and as it turned out, unbeknownst to myself, spelling it this way lends a certain Krautrock affectation, which makes it even cooler?

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I’m from Dublin, Ireland. The Metal/Rock scene is small but active, if not thriving. There are lots of great bands there including Scathed, Syllian Rayle and the likes. The Irish Rock and Metal Archive does a lot to promote the scene.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

My latest release is “Blue Ocean Event”, to be released on the 18th of July. The title refers to the full melting of the polar ice caps from climate change ushering in a catastrophic collapse for civilisation with billions dying. For example, the song ‘Go Down’ concerns environmental collapse and revelry in destruction in a kind of Freudian death-drive way. The idea that the world is unsalvageable so you might as well cheer on its end, but also, perhaps that the collective subconscious has a desire, an attraction if you will, to annihilate itself. ‘The End of Everything’ is about societal implosion and evolution, while ‘Exile’ is about being a refugee in a war-torn world impacted by climate change. ‘Fight to the End’ is about bloody revolution and again the euphoric enjoyment of global annihilation (if you play the backwards whispers in the song in reverse you might hear a message about human instrumentality!). ‘Cauterise’ on the other hand is a savage, misanthropic attack on the corruption of the judicial system and calls into question the legitimacy of human governed, centralised laws. ‘Roadwave’ is focused on a financially induced suicide and cosmic paranoia about a Loki type god who savours the irritation and torment of its subjects, while ‘False Dawn’ is about a transcendent experience, seeing multiple versions of the self across parallel realities simultaneously. In a similar vein ‘The Sacred Song’ is about predetermination and lack of agency in the universe. ‘Fight to Believe’ is in some ways the centre piece of the album and is loosely based on Roland of Gilead’s torturous path in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Roland sacrifices everything (and realises the folly of this at the end) to reach the nexus of all realities in the multiverse, which is made manifest in the Tower. By the same token I have sacrificed much, perhaps too much to make this album! But there again, I think the transference of one’s soul ichor into a piece of music is what makes it come alive, which is what I attempted to do here so je ne regret rein! While there are mostly serious themes, there is one moment of brevity with ‘Hell is a Place in Mexico’, which concerns an ill-fated trip to Mexico where our hapless protagonist drinks too much Tequila and goes on a psychedelic vision quest.  In a similar lighter fashion, ‘Neurotic Insomniac’ is about accessing parallel realities through dreams to hear songs that were written in timelines contiguous to our own and then nicking them for one’s own creative endeavours!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Great question, my greatest influences include Queen, The Mars Volta, Opeth, Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, Beck, Thin Lizzy, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and 90s Sega Music by composers like Yuzo Koshiro, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi and Kentaro Koyama. The guitar tracks in Sega Rally and Virtua Cop had a massive formative influence growing up. In addition, Queen with the grandiose bombast, experimentation with multiple genres and harmonisation would be the alpha and omega of my musical universe. However, here’s the interesting thing, in the studio the engineer frequently noted how my tunes sounded like Rush, and I’ve never listened to them! He also likened some songs to Blink 182, so I guess the Pop Punk influence shaped me a bit when I was growing up despite not listening to any of it. In a certain way, I feel a kind of kinship with Punk in terms of that snarling, defiant attitude towards authority and established ways of doing things.

What first got you into music?

Another great question, my brother played me lots of Queen, The Beatles, Mozart, Beethoven, The Stranglers, Buddy Holly and later Ice T! There were instruments lying around because he had a band called The Supersonic Oranges, so I would pick them up and experiment with them. I started learning piano at around 7 years of age and then moved onto guitar around at around 14.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

I wouldn’t mind collaborating with Mx.iTerra as I feel her creative vision is similar to my own – Cyberpunkish with heavy guitars. Maybe Bear McCreary – he digged my cover of his tune ‘Prelude to War’. Or Mick Gordon who composed the Doom Eternal OST, which was my favourite “album” of 2020.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I would choose The Cambridge Rock festival because I like Cambridge, Prog Rock bands play at it, and there is beer to be had. 

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

If kind words are a gift, I’ve been offered some which bemused me in the extent of their praise.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you for your appreciation of my music, you are the chosen ones and together we will achieve global domination, enslaving this wicked race known as humanity on behalf of all lifeforms it has subjugated!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

This is a tough question…I would lean towards saying Freddie Mercury because he was a hilariously unique human being, but I’m thinking if John Lennon hadn’t died, we’d have more Beatles records. Jimi Hendrix was also going in a funky direction. I think I’ll pick Freddie Mercury though.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I most enjoy the creative process. I love writing and recording. Playing live is also a gift even if it’s to one person. In terms of what I’m disinterested in or at worst hate, I would say marketing, self-promotion and social media. I just don’t have the brain for that those hats. 

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Stopping the pressure and expectation to conform to one genre would be a good start. A lot of old bands like Queen, Thin Lizzy, The Beatles or even more recent artists like Beck didn’t limit themselves to just one style, but then there weren’t Spotify playlists which encourage this. Phil Anselmo made a good point that when he was starting off, bands would have ten or eleven influences, whereas now you have bands emulating just one artist and sounding like a carbon fibre copy. I think we need more variation and more of a Punk Rock spirit of doing your own thing against the grain. Bucking the trend needs a revival.  

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ooh this one is tricky, but I’ll say “The Bends” by Radiohead. There is not one weak song on it, and I love the way it is an upfront guitar album. In my opinion it is the perfect album; ‘Planet Telex’, ‘Just’, ‘My Iron Lung’ and ‘Fade Out’ are incredible but every other song kicks ass too. They were firing on all cylinders with that one, the guitar work was innovative for the time. For example, the harmonics in the solo for ‘The Bends’ sounds novel and uplifting while the rising octave scale in Just is taking you on a trip. I wanted the same approach for “Blue Ocean Event”; I picked my best songs and emphasised the guitars.   

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Vinyl hands down for me. With Vinyl you have all the cool artwork and putting one on forces you to listen to the whole album to get that narrative experience, which immerses you in a different world. It’s like a sacred rite, removing the Vinyl from the album sleeve and carefully placing it on the record player, hoping not to desecrate its sacred grooves. You also own the album; you’re not renting it from a service; I think with the way things are going with respect to subscriptions and everything being rent-based where “you’ll own nothing and be happy”, it’s nice to say something is yours – it gives a sense of sovereignty doesn’t it?

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I did enjoy playing a particular gig in Durham when the wind blew through my hair for extra epicness, at medium setting! The after-show party was also interesting to say the least when the bassist nearly burned down his own house. I’d say in terms of gigs, while I write music for myself, the performances are for the people. Therefore, I believe in putting on the most entertaining show possible. I also have some cool ideas involving electricity and a mix of science and the occult (kind of like the imagery in Metropolis crossed with what you’d find in HP Lovecraft stories) for future live shows.  

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would like to be a film director. I enjoy making music videos, doing the postproduction with VFX and compositing in addition to scripting ideas.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would invite Lemmy for sure, he’d get the party going and Tommy Wiseau, who is a genius for making a film as legendary as The Room. Other guests would include Mozart as he was a party animal and could give some poetry recitals. Perhaps, Ada Lovelace because she liked to gamble, and we could play craps and roulette. I’d also invite Jimi Hendrix as a fellow lefty guitarist and science fiction fan.  

What’s next for the band?

I’m recording a new album called “Grass Messiah”; it’s even weirder than “Blue Ocean Event”. A lot of the songs are story based and more esoteric. There are also more drop tunings. Even though the lyrics are little bit more whimsical, the vibe is heavier. I’m hoping to release that one sometime in next few years, time will tell!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

I’m really active on YouTube which you can find here:
https://www.youtube.com/c/CassiniProjekt

I have some new, exciting covers coming up, including a rather wild interpretation of a Brahms’ violin concerto, which will be released on my channel in the coming months. I upload all original material to Spotify and Bandcamp, in addition to YouTube. You can find my Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6U7RkRtMus7YYkzRIl1YAp

and Bandcamp
https://cassiniprojekt.bandcamp.com/

I also like to preview experiments on Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/the-cassini-projekt

I’m active on Twitter
https://twitter.com/CassiniProjekt

and Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/TheCassiniProjekt/

and Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/cassiniprojekt/

You can also find my music on:

Apple Music
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/the-cassini-projekt/1084157329

And all the rest…

Tidal
https://tidal.com/browse/artist/7603092

Tik Tok
https://www.tiktok.com/@thecassiniprojekt

Itunes
https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/the-cassini-projekt/1084157329

Jamendo
https://www.jamendo.com/artist/378777/the-cassini-projekt

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit easily. The texture of the base is that of a biscuit. It’s also too small to be a cake. It’s like the difference between planets and moons. Biscuits are the orbital bodies of cakes, they derive from cakes, but cakes are the larger, gravitational objects. If you had a cake and a Jaffa cake before you, which would you eat first? More than likely the cake for dessert after the main course, followed by the Jaffa cake with a cup of tea. This is the order of things. So it is in space, as it will be in the dining room. (Note from the Ed – this is my favourite answer to the Jaffa Cake question ever! – Beth)

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Yes, thanks for these interesting questions, I enjoyed answering them. Also be sure to follow me on social media and listen to my album “Blue Ocean Event” because it will give you special powers of divination, telekinesis, telepathy, invisibility at will and the ability to fly. Further, I’m down to play any events, so get in touch! 

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EMQ’s With THRASHATOUILLE – M2TM Edition

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EMQ’s With THRASHATOUILLE – M2TM Edition

Hi everyone. Welcome to another special edition, M2TM based EMQs interview, this time with Cheshire UK based ‘Chef Metal’ band, Thrashatouille. Huge thanks to frontman, Rob, for taking part.

What’s your name, what instrument do you play, and can you tell us a little about the history of the band?

Pastry Chef – Shouting orders

Sous Chef – Plays with spaghetti 

Head Chef – Slapping the sea bass

Pot Wash – Hitting the Pans (creator of only pans)

A drunken night commenced and after a fair few Kroonenberg’s the Head Chef announced to the Pastry Chef that ‘there wasn’t enough food in Metal.’ After proposing the idea to the Sous Chef, a song was written. The next day things got a bit messy so they recruited the Pot Wash, and the rest, as they say… is gravy!

What genre of Metal do you play?

Chef metal

How did you come up with your band name?

Pot Wash was watching Ratatouille, but it was already trademarked. 

Where are you based and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Cheshire (and Wrexham), and scene is tastier than a rare steak!

What’s your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

“Rise of the Bludgeonaise” is the current EP, but our “UK Chef Metal” EP is nearly complete.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Gordon Ramsey, Mcdonalds, history of food, the Great British Bake Off, and your mums home cooked roast dinner.

What first got you into music?

M&Ms – Sous Chef

Corn – Head Chef

Spamthrax – Pot Wash

In Flame Grilled – Pastry Chef

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Bread Sheeran.

What does Bloodstock Festival represent to you?

One hell of a BBQ and one of the best collections of food vans known to the UK.

Have you been to Bloodstock, and if so, what’s your favourite memory from the festival?

3 of us have been and we all love the giant Yorkshire puddings.

What are you going to bring to M2TM that you think will earn you a place on the New Blood Stage?

Free cake for all!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Stay safe, eat cake.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

We love cooking up a storm, but hate the clean down afterwards.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

We have already changed the industry by adding more food!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Collectively Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

VHS

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Supporting Evil Scarecrow or Acid Reign

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Pastry Chef – Professional pie eater

Pot Wash – Bringing Only Pans to the mainstream

Sous Chef – Owning a bar and drinking the profits

Head Chef – Actually being a chef

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Your mum as she brings the best Yorkshire puddings

Your dad for the Avon

Granny for the Anne summers

Gordon Ramsey

Jamie Oliver (would be funny to watch the last two fight)

What’s next for the band?

A new menu

Where can people find you online? Drop us your links below:

https://linktr.ee/Thrashatouille

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

If you don’t like slam, you think Jaffa Cakes are biscuits. 

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Gravy! Always add gravy!

EMQ’s With STINKBRUTE

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EMQ’s With STINKBRUTE

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Portuguese Brutal Death Metal/ Grindcore project, Stinkbrute. Huge thanks to main man, Bernardo Rebelo, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hello, I’m Bernardo Rebelo from Stinkbrute. The band started at the end of 2020 as a bit of a joke, I composed and recorded the first half of the first album as an EP. At the time my idea was to write the most gruesome Death Metal/Grindcore I could with the most ridiculous name I came up with in the moment and it was “Stinkbrute, The Gruesome Exchange of Bodily Fluids That Turned Into a Bile Duct Titan”, later I decided to stick with just Stinkbrute and the rest for the name of the first album.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Stinkbrute as I mentioned before was part of the original name I had for the project, but with all my ideas coming together there was another big reason I wanted this name and it has to do with how little we think of animals, specifically farmed animals. When I think of Stink-Brute all I can imagine is a pig or a cow in horrible condition, dirty all around, with anger towards humans. And after we put them in those conditions, we have the audacity to call them dirty, disgusting or stinky.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I am from Trafaria, Portugal, on the south side of the river by Lisbon. There are a lot of great underground bands out here and if it weren’t for them maybe I wouldn’t have started playing music. We have bands like Analepsy, Serrabulho and Grog that are very notable influences to me. Besides those kinds of niche/underground bands, Portugal isn’t very known for having a lot of metal, or good music in general, so I usually end up listening to foreign bands.  We do have a lot of underground and metal festivals which is great!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

My latest release would be Stinkbrute’s debut full length album, “The Gruesome Exchange of Bodily Fluids That Turned Into a Bile Duct Titan”. I worked a lot on that album and hope people enjoy it!

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences for the project, besides the ones mentioned earlier, would be Napalm Death, Wormrot, perhaps even Full of Hell and Aborted.

What first got you into music?

Mainly what caught my interest in music were games, one of the first I can remember was Guitar Hero Metallica, that one really made me want to play and write music of my own. As a kid every game that had an amazing soundtrack would get my undivided attention, another game that got me really into metal was Brutal Legend.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Barney Greenway from Napalm Death! We agree on so many things that it would be awesome to write and play some songs with him, it goes without saying that his vocal performance is one of the best in metal, so he would for sure sound brutal in the kind of music that I play.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Maybe Wacken just by the sheer popularity of the festival. That and it’s relatively close to Portugal so I wouldn’t even have to switch continents. In Portugal I would love to play in Barroselas Metalfest, I think it’s the perfect festival for Stinkbrute.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I have yet to discover that, I haven’t got anything from a fan yet!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Stop abusing and exploiting animals for your personal gain and/or taste pleasure!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

If I could only pick one, I would say The Rev from Avenged Sevenfold, I feel like he died way too early, even though he was a great musician, I know he still had an immense amount of untapped potential.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

This one is a tricky question for me because lately I haven’t been able to enjoy music as much as I used to. It’s very hard to reach your goals, and when all your money goes into trying to do that, it just becomes a spiral of demotivation. I’m still young but every cent I get goes straight into my music be it for strings, drum heads, cymbals (I break them a lot), cables and taking into account that my setup is fairly minimalistic and I only own drums, one bass and one guitar this adds up  in ways that I couldn’t have predicted before, not to mention promotion and art costs. If that wasn’t demotivating enough, I haven’t been able to have a stable space to keep my drums and actually practice with my bands, or record and make noise, so that’s also a big struggle for me. I have also suffered from tendinitis in the past as well as gained tinnitus from playing even though I always wear ear plugs.

Bottom line, I don’t encourage people to start bands or create music, the only reason I do it is because that’s the only thing I feel like I’m a bit good at.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

If I had to pick one aspect, it is that the music industry has to be artistic, people label themselves artists when they haven’t got anything artistic to input, any creative vision or message they want to spread, if it’s not the musicians and artists demanding change for the world, then who will? There is a reason for this to be happening, the music industry actively shadows and censors those who want a better world or have messages that don’t align with the status quo. Obviously, people who have different ideas, make others think and aren’t afraid to speak their minds are bad for profits, but the heads of the industry and those who exploit the artists already have enough money. Regardless, I think artists should stand up for the most oppressed and biggest injustices that are happening in the world instead of doing mindless audible content that is comparable to fast food. 

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It’s very hard to choose since I’m always changing and listening to a lot of different stuff, you could ask me this question every year and I would have a different answer. But in the last 2 years the album that I listened to the most was “Voices” by Wormrot but “Ride The Lightning” by Metallica and “Self Titled” by Slipknot are for sure some of the most influential albums of my life.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

I really like CDs and own a lot of them, but I mostly listen to music on Streaming like Spotify.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Not the best in terms of my personal performance but one of the biggest was with my band Crimson Bridge, I’m the drummer, we played at RCA in Lisbon, it was great being on the same stage as so many other great bands played before.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would be developing games, as I already am but in the sound design and music sector, I went to university for Video Game development, so I learned everything from Programming to 3D and Game Design.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Barney Greenway of course, the guys from Architects, those would be 6 people but I’m not leaving any man behind from Architects! I also wouldn’t leave Connie Sgarbossa from SeeYouSpaceCowboys out!

What’s next for the band?

Next, I will try to form a band for live shows, and I am working on a few splits and a second Full Length album.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

I usually promote Bandcamp or Spotify, but most of the time it’s one link with all the important stuff.

Like this one: https://linktr.ee/slaughterindustry

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Honestly, I am not familiar with those, they would have to make me a vegan version for me to accurately state my position on the subject.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Big thanks to Ever Metal for the interview, I hope all is well with everyone involved, including the people reading these words. Finally, never stop spreading peace, love and compassion to all beings!

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EMQ’s With ARCHIVES

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EMQ’s With ARCHIVES

Hi everyone. Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Northern Irish Modern Metal band, Archives. Huge thanks to their Bassist, Paul, for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hey, my name’s Paul and I play bass.

The band started with a few of the other members getting together over lockdown to record some music. Once there were a few tracks together the whole thing just snowballed into a debut album. 

I joined up shortly after the recording process, and we’ve just added our new drummer Jack Woods to the line-up!

How did you come up with your band name?

It was a bit of fluke actually, we were in the studio with the producer and he mentioned getting some ‘old recordings out of the archives’ … and the rest is history.

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

We’re all from the Belfast/Larne area – there’s a really good metal scene here with lots of other great bands, and across a lot of different sub-genres which keeps every gig interesting.

What is your latest release?

Our latest release is our album “Decay”, and we’re just bringing out a new music video for the track ‘Mapmaker’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me it would have to be old Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, Architects. I think most of the guys would agree!

What first got you into music?

I got my first guitar after playing Guitar Hero 3, so I guess it would have to be that!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

For me, it would have to be Invent Animate.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Hmm that’s a tough one, it would be really cool to get on Download.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I haven’t received any gifts, someone needs to fix that at the next gig!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thanks to everyone for the support, it’s been amazing. And we’ve got some big things coming soon, so stay tuned!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Freddie Mercury

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Getting on stage and seeing the crowd getting into some of the heavier tracks.

I could probably live without the waiting around before gigs!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

It would be great to see more big tours make it over here, we seem to get missed on UK tours a lot.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Parkway Drive – “Horizons”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Has to be vinyl.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Our album launch gig in Voodoo was incredible!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Well, I’ve still got my current day job as a software developer, so I guess it would be that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Louis Theroux, Sam Carter, Steve Carrell, Freddie Mercury, Courtney LaPlante.

What’s next for the band?

We’re just getting back in the studio to start work on our 2nd album, and we’ve a few tours lined up this summer in England and Scotland!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

You can find us on instagram @archives_uk
And links to all our socials and tickets for gigs etc can be found here: https://linktr.ee/Archivesuk

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s definitely a cake!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for having us on EMQs!

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